The Mortirolo is associated with Marco Pantani like hardly any other pass in the Giro d'Italia. They even erected a monument to him here, where the route of the Transalp will pass again in 2022. This mean ramp with an average gradient of over 10% was made for the extraordinary climbing specialist. This is a real "wheat from chaff" climb. If you have a few too many pounds on your back, you have to bite. But it is worth it to climb up there, because then the stretch to Aprica is relaxed and offers wonderful views over the Valtellina on one side and the glaciers of the Adamello group on the other. And you even get to tick off one more pass on the list, the inconspicuous Passo di Guspessa, which you don't notice on the way over. That's cycling for pleasure up there, compared to the 1200-metre climb to the Mortirolo, which determines the sporting level of this stage, puts its stamp on it. And one could therefore add the "S" for "Superior" to the level classification of this stage (4/5), as with hotel categories. The fact that you also have to collect the Passo d'Eira and the Passo Foscagno on the way there should not be forgotten. Fortunately, this "double pass" is one of the easy crossings of this Transalp, if you tackle it from Livigno. And through the Valtellina down to the foot of the Mortirolo in Mazzo di Valtellina, you can also recover and gather new strength.
Mountain pass: Passo d’Eira, Passo Foscagno, Passo Mortirolo, Passo di Guspessa